The Force Behind the Power

Diana Ross keeps herself in the game by posing as a product of the times in The Force Behind the Power, repeatedly finding success by hitching a ride on a current trend, whether musical (disco on 1980’s brilliant ”Upside Down”) or cultural (1982’s steamy ode to fitness, ”Muscles”). This time, Ross has hired a roster of songwriters, including Stevie Wonder, Diane Warren, and Paul Carrack, whose weepy love songs, while dull, pack plenty of hit potential. Unfortunately, Ross’ thin, girlish voice withers under the unchanging groove, and her singing here is without her famous panache, or even her more famous diva-size emotionalism. What’s a Diana Ross record for if it can’t get all worked up over nothing? C

The Force Behind the Power
  • Music